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Its been called Groom Lake Dreamland Paradise Ranch The Container The Ranch Watertown and The Darkside of the Moon but most people call it Area 51 Aside from pop culture references and Internet gossip what do we really know about the secret military installation Is it true that the government uses the clandestine base to hide extraterrestrials Lets see if we can untangle facts from fiction First off where is Area 51 Ninety miles north of Las Vegas Nevada it is located in the Emigrant Valley north of the Papoose mountain range It is a 6x10 mile area controlled by the United States Air Force Flight Test Center Area 51 is named after the grid of the Nevada Test Site that it occupies 51 Nellis Air Force Base which surrounds Groom Lake has for its primary mission to train pilots and support crews By all accounts Area 51 isnt part of the base UFO enthusiasts are certain that Area 51 is the location used by the government to hide aliens and their technology from the general population Many tourists come by to get a glimpse of the secret spot -- and perhaps even of UFO activity -- but since security is so tight they must observe from rocky cliffs many miles away For the longest time for national security reasons the US government wouldnt even admit to the existence of Dreamland even though there was abundant proof in the form of photographs that there was in fact such a place Recently however government spokespeople have confessed there is evidence of the places existence but that is as far as theyre willing to go The origins of Paradise Ranch go back to the mid-1950s With the Cold War going strong espionage was at its peak One of the greatest assets of military intelligence agencies has always been the spy plane and in 1955 the CIA along with Lockheed Skunk Works and the US
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